Foundation stone laid in Pure Village:
“Das Haus” is under construction

Most of the cubes are already standing, the structure that will be shaping Pure Village 2012 is already discernible. A big open space in the middle of Hall 3.2 is the only indication that there’s still something special in the offing. And this is exactly where the foundation stone for koelnmesse’s new design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” is to be laid. A few days before Christmas Eve, the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg came by to see how things were progressing for himself and clarify the final details with the construction manager.

Interview Dick Spierenburg: “We’ll be seeing a furnishing style that is way ahead of its time.”

Dick Spierenburg is Creative Director of the imm cologne’s new design highlight: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. For the first installation, he has invited London design studio Doshi Levien to build a sort of turnkey vision of what living in one’s own four walls can be like in the midst of the Pure Village hall. In the interview Dick Spierenburg talks about his decision for Doshi Levien and the basic idea of this project.

Interview with Doshi Levien about
“Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” (Part II)

How did you proceed with the design for the imm cologne?

Nipa Doshi: We worked with intersecting volumes of the kind you might find in industrial buildings to create fragmented spaces. For the structuring elements, we’re thinking of walls with different degrees of transparency and frames with mesh-like coverings, rather like Indian jalis. The spaces are connected via windows, and there are steps that lead down from various living levels to a central courtyard.

Interview Doshi Levien: “Our idea of a
perfect house is one that is never complete.”

Anglo-Indian designer couple Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien will be creating a large-scale interior design installation at the imm cologne 2012. In the midst of the planning phase for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, they talked to us at their London studio about their vision of individual forms of living, merging spaces and organically evolved houses. Their design is a collection of interweaving functional spaces, rather like a collage of real architecture, different cultures and original imaginings. An interior perspective.

Zones instead of Rooms:
Designers in search of new ways of living

The reason modernist architecture is so topical again today is that – perhaps for the first time ever – it is compatible with many people’s desire for open living spaces, a more flexible organisation of their lives and aesthetics with a bearing on the present. Today we want to live the way Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier proposed. But also the way Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien depict in their installation for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”: in an individual, lively home with cultural echoes. In a house that permits privacy and publicness, that connects the kitchen, eating and working zones, family and friends, areas of retreat and shared wellness experiences in an individual way.

“Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”
experiments with the new RAL colours

Designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien are designing the premiere of the imm cologne’s new series “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, the sponsors of which include colour specialists RAL. During the presentation of the concept and the initial designs for their installation at the London press conference on 22.09., the Anglo-Indian designer couple emphasised the important role played by the sensuous materiality and colourfulness of their wall elements. RAL’s new plastic sample chips proved ideal for creating interesting effects that reflect the couple’s ideas about transparency and colour.

Doshi Levien: A perfect home

Starting in 2012, the international interior design fair imm cologne will again be hosting a major design event: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. The project focuses on the design of an artificial living situation within the trade fair – public and yet very personal living space designed by Doshi Levien. The London-based design team will be kicking off the new format in January 2012.

Doshi Levien set up home at the imm cologne

Koelnmesse has invited Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien from Londonto design “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” as guests of honour. “We are delighted to have found such a progressive and forward-looking studio as Doshi Levien, who are not just part of the scene’s avant-garde but, thanks to their many product developments, also cover a wide spectrum and can genuinely point the way ahead,” says a pleased Dick Spierenburg.